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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
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This is a blog about my life. My wife and I have three kids, ages six, three and one. Last year I gave up my gig as a middle school teacher to stay home with my kids full-time. This past year has been the most challenging, easy, relaxing, stressful, fun, tiring and rewarding year of my life.

My wife Amanda and I have been married for seven years. She spends her days (and nights and weekends) as an overworked Medical Resident.

Our oldest daughter, Eloise, is a bright, sweet, emotional first grader that loves to talk (she gets it from her mom). When not at school she is most likely playing dress up, turning some part of our house into a playroom, or creating a craft projects that involve: glue, magazines, markers, staples, stickers, scissors, crayons, pens, and a dozen sheets of paper.

Henry, the three year old middle child, is hell on wheels. There is not a house or store Henry cannot destroy in five to seven minutes max. He loves playing with his trucks, digging in his sandbox and occasionally putting on his sister’s pink plastic high heels.

Maggie, the one year old, is as sweet as they come. At a very early age she learned that her crying could barely be heard over the volume of her siblings. She has developed a blood curdling scream in order to get our attention that would make any horror movie producer proud.

Well there you have it, that’s pretty much my family in a nutshell.

DISCLAIMER: If you are looking for parenting advice you have come to the wrong place. Enjoy!

The Argument Against Youth Football
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The Argument Against Youth Football

September 13, 2012 | 09:11 AM

This is Part 1 of a two-part series about the pros and cons of playing youth football.

Part 1-The Argument Against Youth Football

Ever since he could walk, people have said my son was built like a football player. He is also aggressive, loves wrestling with his sisters and running and jumping on his poor, unsuspecting dad. Even though he is only three, he seems destined to play football, but will he?

The answer is simple. No. There is no way I will let my son play youth football.

Last year, reports started coming out about the frequency and severity of concussions at the pro, college and high school levels. Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner said he would have concerns about letting his kids play. QB Tom Brady's dad said he would be very hesitant to let his son play football as a child, based on what he knows now.

When I was a teacher, I also worked in the press box for middle school football games. If you attend a 7th grade football game, the first thing you will notice is the huge size disparity between the kids. You will see everything from an underdeveloped 65lb kid that barely has enough strength in his neck to hold up his helmet, to the kid that looks like a grown man, weights 225 pounds and has a mustache. It's also obvious in the weight room. Some of these kids can lift more than most grown men, others can barely life their exercise mat across the room to do their sit-ups.

Is there real danger in youth football? Yes. Some people might argue there is danger in any type of sport, which is true, but certain football injuries go beyond broken bones and can potentially effect a young person for the rest of his or her life.

Some parents I've talked to about this say if their kid wants to play, then they will let them play, no big deal. My answer to them is, right now my kids want to eat candy and drink coffee for breakfast, but sometimes parents know best.

Youth football? No thanks. Simply not worth it.

-Pete

www.facebook.com/petetheblogger


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